Pantai Kok is one of the many beaches which welcome tourists to its shores throughout the year. At Pantai Kok is one of the few places in Langkawi Island which is not too crowded even during the peak season which offer many types of attractions.
Pantai Kok Shopping Guide
The enchanting Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands located 30 kilometres off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. Langkawi is Malaysia’s pride and has been chosen as UNESCO Global Geopark. Since the island is a duty-free zone, leisure travelers often dubbed it as a shopping haven. There are many ways to get to the captivating Langkawi.
Locals from other states in Malaysia as well as foreigners can get in to Langkawi by plane. Among some of the airlines offering flights to and from Langkawi are Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Happy Airways, Tiger Airways and SilkAir.
The airport is located at Padang Matsirat, on the northwestern part of Langkawi. One can take direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore and even from Hat Yai and Phuket.
If you are looking for majestic scenery along the way to Langkawi, then perhaps you should take a road trip. First stop, you have to make your way to Lumut town. This small town is accessible from Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and also Penang.
Well, do not fret if you are thinking of taking a bus because buses run several times a day from Kuala Lumpur bus station, Medan Kidd (Ipoh) and pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim in Butterworth.
Once you reach Lumut, you can purchase ferry ticket at the counters to take a boat ride to Pangkor Island. The fare starts at RM4 per person. Finally, when you reach the enthralling island, you can hire a cab, take a local bus or rent a motorbike to get your destination.
Fast air-conditioned boats are also available from other point of origins such as Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang and Satun. The ticket prices vary starting from RM18 (departing from Kuala Kedah) to RM60 (departing from Penang).
All these fast air-conditioned boats are operated by Langkawi Ferry. Meanwhile, for those who are traveling from other tourist destinations such as Ko Lipe, Thailand, check out ferries operated by Telaga Harbour. Book your tickets earlier as the ferry runs twice per day during peak season.
Pantai Kok Nightlife
There are a handful of chic bars in Pantai Kok but less popular compared to bars and bistros in Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah. Patrons in the bars and restaurants here are usually expats and yachtsmen who spend their lives on the boats at the marina.
Therefore, you can hardly see foreign tourists visiting the dazzling bars in Pantai Kok. Realizing the night goers usually frequent bars and clubs in Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang, the nightspots here changed their tactics and catered to families and corporate groups. The only night club which is open until the wee hours of the morning is Bar Centro.
The action begins after 8 pm when the regulars liven up with other patrons and enjoy a few drinks while watching live football matches on the big TV screen.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for good music with live band performances, head over to Black Henry Pub & Disco. Located within the sophisticated Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort, besides appreciating the entertainment by talented live bands, patrons can also enjoy darts game and play pool.
Chime is the perfect place for you to be if you are up for a rocking night. Ask any locals residing in Pantai Kok and they’ll definitely tell you Chime is the best place to party the night away.
The resident DJ or live band will play some live hip hop and techno music from the moment the action begins around 8 pm until the wee hours of the morning.
For an ideal place to hang out with family and friends with music that aren’t too loud, Lobby Lounge within Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort is the answer. Drinks are relatively pricey due to its trendy-cum-classic décor and atmosphere. For quality Italian cuisine such as pizzas and pastas, head over to Mare Blu Italian Ristorante where you can get a wide selection of drinks.
Unlike other bars, Oyster Bar & Lounge offers something different – fruit juices. So for those who are not in the mood for cold beer or liquor, this bar is highly recommended as it also offers traditional cocktails. Pulau Pulau Restaurant & Seafood attracts more upscale patrons as it serves fresh and delicious seafood eateries.
Patrons who would like to taste the incredible seafood fare usually sit in the indoor setting while those who come over for a drink or two hangout in the outdoor setting. Rimba Lounger within Berjaya Langkawi Beach & Spa Resort keeps the guests entertain with live sports broadcasts and piped-in jazz music.
Pantai Kok Hotels & Accommodation
Do you know that Pantai Kok was a location in the much talked about film, ‘Anna and the King’? Subsequently after the production of the film ended, large number of tourists flocked to Pantai Kok to witness the palatial Thai-style buildings constructed especially for the set. Fortunately, there are plenty of resorts located along the stretch of Pantai Kok thus, vacationers need not worry about accommodation. Staying in one of the hotels located here can be fun as visitors can indulge in exciting water sports and explore nearby caves.
Berjaya Langkawi Resort stretched on 70 acres of land offers unique chalets built over the calm waters of Andaman Sea. Enshrouded within the lush tropical rainforest and facing Andaman Sea, the resort is perfect for nature lovers as well as sea lovers.
Generally, all the hotels located along the stretch of Pantai Kok are luxury resorts. Thus, it is advisable for budget conscious travelers to consider hotels located in downtown Kuah instead of Pantai Kok.
Another luxury hotel facing Andaman Sea is the Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort. Guests’ comfort and well-being are the hotel’s top priorities. Therefore, you can expect to be treated like royalties. For total relaxation and rejuvenation, experience Chavana Spa offered by Mandara.
Also, Tanjung Sanctuary Langkawi is another five-star jewel stretched on 67 acres of private beach amidst the tranquil environment. Dubbed as nature lover’s paradise, guests can get close to the nature.
Pantai Kok Food
Besides Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang, another idyllic beach which is also crowded with local folks and foreigners is Pantai Kok. Home to historical attractions, bars, shopping malls and upscale restaurants. Settle here if you are looking for superb restaurants and great accommodations but smaller crowd compared to Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang.
Where can you get fresh, crunchy or soft bakery products? Ask any locals and they’ll direct you to The Loaf, a Japanese style bakery and bistro established by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir. Meanwhile, Dropstone Cafe located opposite the grand Tiger! Tiger! Exhibit & Gallery serves a wide array of exotic Arabic delights and Western cuisines such as prawn barbeque, Lebanese Houmous and signature Dropstone Chef Salad.
Well if you are strolling along the panoramic Telaga Harbour Park, head over to Eagle Fruit Juice & Snack for some quench-thirsting fresh fruit juices. Set against the beautifully landscaped garden, Feast offers themed nightly buffet as well as a la carte menu selections with Asian and Western cuisines.
For eclectic Japanese cuisines, head over to Mizumi Japanese Restaurant and Hamachi Japanese Restaurant. Mizumi Japanese Restaurant overlooking the panoramic Oriental Village offers pricey yet delicious Japanese fare. On the other hand, Hamachi Japanese Restaurant is usually crowded with patrons.
This is yet another best Japanese restaurant on the island. Patrons can choose from a wide selection of delights especially outdoor specialties. For spicy chicken tom yum and green curries, head over to Krathong located within Kampung Tok Senik. Zabinsa’s USSR Restaurant as suggested by its name is a Russian themed dining outlet offering fulfilling salmon salad platter and lamb dish.
Finally, Telaga Arabic Cafe & Restaurant serves authentic Arabic Syrian delicacies such as Chicken Kabseh Rice and Lamb Kebab.
Pantai Kok Activity Guide
You may have read reviews about Pantai Kok and even though some said there is nil attraction around the vicinity, if you ask local folks, they would tell you that Pantai Kok is one of the best tourist attraction areas in Langkawi.
Home to luxury resorts and hotels, Pantai Kok is popular among expats and foreign tourists. Your retreat for relaxation begins here at Chavana Spa with exquisite treatments such as Pure Natural facial and Chavana Massage. You’ll experience total relaxation in one of the four double villas secluded from the rest of the posh resort.
Adventurous travelers can spend time cycling, camping and boating down the spectacular Machincang Cambrians Geoforest Park. Just contact Cicli-Cycle Network Langkawi for more information about the cycling tour.
Relax and rejuvenate in Langkawi Anjung Spa after sweating away in the park. The spa offers full service massages, body scrubs and reflexology treatments.
Try the unique fish spa treatments by soaking your feet in the pond filled with fishes.Island Horses, an equestrian centre with a 75-kilometre tropical jungle track is an ideal spot for one to walk around and enjoy warm breezes in the face.
Tourists have to take a ride in the gondolas at Langkawi Cable Car – the longest free span single car rope to see the panoramic mountain views from atop. If it’s raining on that particular day, don’t bother to go to the cable car system because it ceases to operate.
Family with small kids should definitely pay a visit toLangkawi Elephant Adventures which was established in 2006. Visitors can either participate in elephant-feeding sessions or go on trampling adventure in this park.
Last stop before you head over to Langkawi International Airport, walk about three kilometres inland from Pantai Kok to reach Telaga Tujuh (also known as Seven Wells).
You’ll definitely be mesmerized by the beauty of cascading water down the hillside. No entrance fee is charged therefore, travelers should stop by in the afternoon before heading home.